Methods for treating Gum Disease
Treatment for gum disease is largely dependent on how far the disease has progressed. When discovered early enough, gum disease can generally be treated with non-surgical methods. Dr. Cobb focuses much of his time on educating patients about prevention of dental conditions. Proper daily brushing and flossing, along with antibacterial mouth rinse can help keep patients from contracting gum disease.
Once Dr. Cobb determines that a patient does have gum disease, he will perform a comprehensive exam and analysis of the mouth to see how far the disease has progressed and develop the most effective treatment plan.
Mild cases of gingivitis can generally be treated through improved daily flossing and brushing, and regular cleanings at your dentist’s office. More severe cases may require scaling and root planing.
Scaling and root planning is performed to remove plaque and tartar from the roots and pockets around the gums. It usually involves additional treatments such as antiseptic mouthwash, antibiotics, and continued monitoring of the teeth.
Dr. Cobb will review your brushing and flossing techniques and explain how both can be done properly to thoroughly clean teeth and gums.
It may also be necessary to fix any underlying dental problems. The inability to properly clean teeth can be caused by misaligned teeth, or poorly fitted crowns and bridges. Patients may be unable to clean around the problem teeth, leaving them susceptible to tartar and plaque buildup. Fixing these problems along with a professional cleaning will usually resolve the gum disease. Patients who continue with good oral hygiene will notice their gums returning to a healthy pink color.
When left untreated, gum disease can increase your risks of heart disease, and for those who are pregnant, may result in having a premature or low-birth weight baby.
Taking good care of your teeth and gums not only ensures your oral health, but also has a profound impact on your overall wellbeing. If you are in the Bellbrook area, and you think you have gum disease, call Alex Bell Dental today to schedule an appointment to have Dr. Cobb perform a full exam.
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